Chicken Rice Soup

Chicken Rice Soup is perfect with leftover chicken, turkey, and your favorite rice and fresh vegetables! Fresh dill makes it even better!

Chicken Rice Soup |

Lately, my husband and I have been dreaming about a smaller house. With the small house movement, there are so many options … build a small house in the city, on a piece of land, out in the country, in the back of our property.

Where so many around us want more, bigger, and better, we’re actually thinking of less, smaller, and still better. “Better” is defined differently by each person, usually meaning whatever you decide is an improvement over what you currently have.

We love our 1970’s home that we’ve put so much work into, with so many great memories here, but there’s something inside us that says, “simplify.”

I look forward to being with my husband when life slows down a little for us. Our baby is a high school senior, so we’ll soon be empty-nesters. As we grow older, it seems each day brings more blessings, and we become more appreciative of what we’ve been given, and hopefully more humble, too.

Simple, yet fine.

An appreciation for simple, yet fine, things, is what we both have.

We’ve always surrounded ourselves with people, and that is the ultimate blessing in life. Possessions come and go, and so do “seasons of life” friends sometimes, but the core friendships that stick around, year after year—salt-of-the-earth-friends—is what our hearts desire. I believe God made us that way, for good, positive connections, where we grow and share.

Small living.

This is where “small house” or “small living” comes in.

People always say, “I’ll be happy when …” but every day we’ve been handed is the “when.” Are we happy today?

There will always be something better than what you have. The important thing is to be content and grateful for each day’s blessings.

What’s important?

What fills a large, or a small space?

These are the things important to us: People, books (uplifting and inspiring), art, great music, church, the best foods (healthy and fresh), and did I say people? I really believe we are not living our life to its fullest without people, because you know, they, too, influence our lives!

We want the best that is possible in life.

Chicken Rice Soup |

Chicken Rice Soup.

I’m not sure where our dreams will take us, but for today, this recipe would FILL A SMALL HOUSE with love–fresh dill scent, chicken and rice simmering, crunchy carrots, celery and onions.

I seriously could eat this type of lunch or dinner in any season. Chicken Rice Soup is pure comfort.

It would taste even better if we shared it with another person or two, around our small table, in a cute little small house!

Do you ever dream of downsizing, and if so, have you considered the small house movement?

Chicken Rice Soup |

Chicken Rice Soup

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

I love to take leftover chicken and rice from a previous meal, and save the ingredients to make this soup recipe the next day. Excellent with turkey instead of chicken, and it’s okay to use frozen corn!


  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, sliced (don’t need to peel)
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 4 corn cobs, cooked, cut off the cob (about 1 1/2 cups of corn - frozen corn also works)
  • 2-3 cups cooked chicken, chopped (rotisserie chicken is fast!)
  • 1 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 cups brown basmati rice (or your favorite kind of rice), cooked


  1. In a large frying pan or braiser, heat the oil on medium-high and add the onions. Cook for about 2 minutes, adding the carrots and celery. Cook and stir for another 3-4 minutes, adding the chicken stock and thyme. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. While the vegetables and stock are simmering, boil the corn for about 6 minutes; cool and cut off the cob. Set aside.
  3. Add the chicken, corn, fresh dill, salt, pepper, and cooked rice. Gently stir, bring to boil; simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Serve!

Chicken Rice Soup


  1. We’ve thought a lot about downsizing…with hubby working so many hours and me working two small jobs it seems there’s never time to work on our house and property, and taking care of the inside is just a lot of work when I’d rather focus on other things, so yes, we definitely have considered downsizing…funny thing is, because we’ve built our house ourselves, our house payments are far less than if we bought something smaller or rented, so who knows what we’ll do.

  2. We have down sized a LOT. Facing a serious monetary crash in the not so distant future, we decided to make some hard choices quickly. The truth is that we are so, so much happier getting rid of that huge load, and far more prepared for whatever happens. And we increased our giving to a friend with a huge orphanage in the Sudan….and downsizing helped us do it. As Americans we need to prepare, prepare, prepare!

  3. I don’t know if we’re at a point where we’d consider the small house movement for our family, but we DO know that we want to minimize the stuff in our lives, and that the house we have now is the biggest we’ll ever really want. I have big dreams of building a California ranch-style home on a small piece of land so that we can grow more of our own food!

  4. My youngest, twin boys, graduated from high school last year and downsizing is on our list of things to do. The dill in the soup is a great twist.

  5. Think long and hard about “down sizing”. You are going to enter a faze of life for a short period where your children will be single, no grandchildren, and you think down sizing would be wonderful. However the reality is that once your children start to get married, have their children…… and they come home for a day, a week, your house will feel small no matter what the size. We actually up sized when our boys moved out and started their own lives….. we do not live in a large home ……1800 square feet. But when the boys come home with their wives and now our grandson, even this seems small. It is also wonderful to be able to have your children be able to stay with you when they visit. It is those early morning talks over tea and coffee where you really get to visit, before they buys day begins…… this has been our experience. We did get rid of the 3/4 acre lot that took a lot of time working in to keep up, but the square footage and bedrooms are wonderful…….. lots of exciting things for you and your husband to ponder these next few years……. Blessings to you Curtis & Sherrie.

  6. We currently live in a very small bungalow house and we love it! I’d like to upgrade to a slightly larger house as John gets a little bit bigger, but I can’t ever imagine expanding to something really big. That’s just more space to clean!

  7. simplify yes; purging our house of the ‘stuff’ has been liberating in so many ways. we still consume and i’m working on consuming less as well but once we realize that we indeed, ‘cannot take it with us’ life becomes more open for the real – real relationships, real friends, real life – and that’s when we’re truly, truly rich beyond measure

  8. What a heartwarming post with a soul warming soup to go with it! My husband and I just got married, so we’re enjoying our time together, before we start having kids!

  9. We’re preparing now to put our house on the market in the spring and down-size. I have a ridiculous amount of STUFF to pare down in the months ahead. I look forward to a simpler life in so many ways. Oh…And I LOVE that there’s a whole CUP of fresh dill in that pot of soup. I use thyme – all the time – in my soups. But never fresh dill and I love it. Thanks!

  10. We are very happy we down-sized 2 1/2 years ago. When all the kids came home for Jon’s 30th birthday, we rented a house at the beach. No need to maintain, and pay for too big a house for events that happen periodically.

  11. I have been on a real soup kick lately and this is right up my alley. We just started a new house and I like the idea of down sizing when it comes to cleaning but this house is about the same size that we have now. Our boys are still growing and it’s nice to have plenty of room to spread out.

  12. I love the less-is-more mentality here. Simple IS fine!!

  13. My husband and I share your dream of downsizing. It’s fun to look at the ingenuity that’s coming out of the small house movement.

    Also, love this soup recipe – everything about it. I bet is smells amazing as it bubbles away.

  14. I love your words in this post. Our house is small and I don’t desire a larger house, except for just a little more room in the kitchen and dining area. I love to entertain, and it would be so much “less squishy” if there was a little more elbow room. I often think about downsizing, but then wonder what I’ll be thinking when the girls have spouses and kids, etc. (Love this soup, too – so many yummies in it!)

  15. I’m ALWAYS thinking about simplifying, and am constantly getting rid of “stuff.” You need to check out my friend Tammy’s blog, Rowdy Kittens. She lives in a tiny house and makes it work! Although they do shower outside :) I can totally see you and Paul living this life.

    Love your inspiration as always Sandy, and the dill in this soup sounds deee-vine!

  16. My husband and I talk all the time about simplifying. Some of our crazy ideas have included: retrofitting a school bus and traveling around, building a shipping container house-there are lots of exciting things being done with these-just search the web, traveling in an airstream, building a straw bale house, quonset hut housing. Whether any of these things ever happen remains to be seen, but is sure is fun to dream!

  17. Your post on smaller homes is beautifully said, Sandy. I wrote an internationally bestselling book, Small Space Organizing, because my husband and I have always consciously chosen the beauty of the small space lifestyle and I wanted to share that m.o. with others. As I say in my book and often on my blog, it’s a lifestyle choice. I also am fond of repeatedly saying that no home is ever too small to entertain friends. I have done that in 400 SF. I truly believe that, and my blog shows many examples of how we have hosted others in our many small homes over 34 years of marriage. (14 home relocations). My recent post “When Three Marines Came to Our Home for Thanksgiving Dinner” was about hosting three strangers in our small 922 SF beach condo at the time. I’ve never forgotten that dinner in our little home, all these years later. Blessings on your small(er) space journey Sandy, and for wanting FINE small space living. That’s a key, and my husband and I currently live “fine” as you say, in just 710 SF. :) Blessings on your lovely blog. Kathryn Bechen :)

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